Becky Metcalf's Blog (10)

So... how was your day?

So today, it turns out, is one of those days where things just fall into place. A day where birds chirped as I woke, interview feedback was great, fabulous news came for a long time candidate (an offer 2 years in the making) and to top it off I logged on to RBC to find a lovely spotlight piece by Rayanne for Bonus Track that made me blush.



I even got a chance to catch some snippets of the… Continue

Added by Becky Metcalf on March 25, 2009 at 9:51pm — 7 Comments

A little sunshine...


That's all

Added by Becky Metcalf on March 20, 2009 at 6:52pm — 2 Comments

A tale of triumph!

Okay, maybe it's not exactly triumphiant. But certainly a delightful success. I'm talking about a recent placement. Amidst the stories of tought times, several folks here are doing us the service of posting about the good things they have going - what a great and uplifting thing. We all need a little pep talk every once in a while, and what better way to get revved up than to see our fellow RBCer's having success.



I made a placement last week that has me on cloud nine. The lead came… Continue

Added by Becky Metcalf on March 17, 2009 at 10:57am — 1 Comment

Swinging for the Fences...

In true St. Louis “baseball fanatic” fashion I want to talk a little about what I affectionately call the “curve ball”… I was thrown said curve ball late last week and my lack of refinement in my initial response to it immediately reminded me of just how important flexibility and a dynamic attitude can be in recruiting. To be honest, it’s been a little while since I had a pitcher who really “stepped up to the plate” and surprised me – (okay, I’m done with the baseball lingo now, I just wanted… Continue

Added by Becky Metcalf on February 25, 2009 at 6:29pm — 6 Comments

I love my job, but...

As a Corporate Recruiter my job is to make sure that I assist in finding the best candidate for our open positions, simple right? It really, truly is – simple that is. But that doesn’t mean that little ol’ me isn’t going to do my absolute best to make it complicated. No doubt I pride myself on understanding my hiring manager’s needs, asking tough questions and pushing them just a bit harder than they would probably like, but the… Continue

Added by Becky Metcalf on January 15, 2009 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

New Year’s Resolutions – and 2008 in retrospect…

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I’ve always felt a bit as though a New Year’s resolution was contradictory to my practice of setting progressive goals…

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Added by Becky Metcalf on December 31, 2008 at 12:59pm — 2 Comments

What makes me a Smart Recruiter?

I was due for another post anyway and what better subject for that post than ME! I’ve never put a lot of thought into what makes me a smart recruiter, I’m usually much more focused on what will make me a “smarter” recruiter.



1. So I guess that’s the first thing – I am a sponge, always looking to learn new ways to do what I do better.



2. I came to in-house, corporate recruiting from a TPR background. The learning experiences from that part of my career have carried over to… Continue

Added by Becky Metcalf on December 19, 2008 at 10:59am — 3 Comments

And his heart grew three sizes that day...

I’ve been talking with people in various stages of panic over the past few weeks (ummm, months..?), from those beginning to hear the rumblings of imminent layoffs, to those just having felt the axe drop, to those having found themselves on the market for longer than they expected or are comfortable with.



The bad news is that I’m going to continue getting those panicky calls, there is no swift end to the concerns that folks are having about their current or impending… Continue

Added by Becky Metcalf on December 12, 2008 at 12:56pm — 2 Comments

Upfront or Rude? Is "online me" just plain mean?

Still focusing on candidate experience, I began thinking today about communication style and its role in developing relationships with candidates. My train of thought was de-railed by visions of the application of this question in my newer pursuits of social networking for recruiting. Social media has added a whole new layer to communication with potential recruits in our industry. But this doesn’t mean that the skills we’ve all honed to deal with people via all of our other modes of… Continue

Added by Becky Metcalf on December 9, 2008 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Opportunities for professional growth in a slowing economy, I'm looking inward...

I'm not exactly a newbie to RecruitingBlogs, rather I've been a passive “lurker” for some time. Thanks to some of the more regular contributors on the site and their almost startling openness, something has awoken in me that wants to get more involved, to let my voice be heard. I don't imagine I'm the only one who has wondered just how to go about "putting themselves out there" and what it truly means to do so. I’m very glad to have a forum such as this to learn so much from.



So in… Continue

Added by Becky Metcalf on November 26, 2008 at 11:38am — 8 Comments

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